On December 1, 2009, TEDxASB, brought constructive and provocative ideas about service, making a difference, and helping others to live their dreams to the community at the American School of Bombay. Bill Magee, founder of Operation Smile, described what has become a life mission to help people with cleft lip and cleft palate. Bill came to see his purpose when he made a connection between a simple need in a Philippine community and the skills that he and his colleagues had as doctors. He inspired ASB community members to reflect on themselves as agents of change who can pursue dreams for the lives of others. Shaheen Mistry, founder of the Akanksha Foundation and Teach for India, described her quest to provide hope to children in India through education. Shaheen told stories of under-privileged children who through the special efforts of Akanksha educators are discovering that they too can participate in making the world a better place. She inspired our community with her optimism and commitment and left many of us contemplating how our skills as students and teachers can be better harnessed to enhance the lives of others. TEDxASB reminded me that hope can be derived through the process of learning – too often we see learning as purely rational – and that it is through hope itself that many of us find the strength to stay committed to our ideals.